WILLIAM V. DENNING

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WILLIAM V. DENNING  
 

On Tuesday, February 5, 2013, William Vincent Denning, at Riderwood Village. Beloved husband of the late Elizabeth Ann Denning; father of Mary Ann (John) Sheehan, Tish (Jim) Liberatore, and Bill (Tammy) Denning; Grandfather of Matthew, Kathleen, Calleigh, and Martin Sheehan; Nicholas, Michael, and Elizabeth Liberatore; and Sarah, Bennet, Mary Cait and Anna Denning. He is survived by five nephews and numerous grand nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends may call at the Church of Resurrection at Riderwood Chapel, 3110 Gracefield Road, Silver Spring, Maryland 20904 on Saturday, February 9, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. with Mass of Catholic Burial at 11 a.m. and interment at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Silver Spring, Maryland.
William V. Denning was born on July 10, 1919 in St. Clairsville, Ohio. He is the son of Daniel A. and Anne T. Denning; brother of the late Margaret, Joseph, Leo, Dorothy and Ruth Denning.
He graduated from St. Clairsville High School in 1937 in the upper third of his class. Later he attended Elliott School of Business in Wheeling, West Virginia, graduating in 1940 with a degree in Business Administration and Accounting. After graduation he obtained a position with American Radiator and Standard Sanitary Corporation in Cleveland, Ohio. He worked as an accountant until 1942 when he was drafted in the U.S. Army at Fort Hayes in Columbus, Ohio. He served as an Administrative Assistant in the Medical Corps from 1942 to 1945 in the European Theater, in Blandford, England. He received the Good Conduct and European Medal of Honor and the Victory Medal. He was discharged from the U.S. Army at Camp Siebent, Alabama in November 1945.
In September 1946 he was accepted to the University of Notre Dame, where he majored in Economic and International Affairs and graduated Cum laude with a Bachelor's Degree. After his graduation from Notre Dame in 1950 he obtained a position with the U.S. Department of State as a Foreign Affairs Officer in the Department of International Organizational Affairs from 1951 to 1987. He retired with a reception given by the Secretary of State on his behalf. He had various assignments with all the U.S. Embassy's in Europe during his Department of State tenure.
He and his wife of 55 years were former parishioners of Saint Ann's Parish, Washington, DC and St. John Neumann Parish, Gaithersburg, Maryland.
He was a member of the Notre Dame Club of Washington, DC and the Alumni Association of the University of Notre Dame. Arrangements by Cole Funeral Services, P.A., Rockville, Maryland.



Published in The Washington Post on Feb. 8, 2013
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